October 11th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Best range finder for under $200
Looking for a range finder for under $200. It will mainly be used for bowhunting. I've looked at the Bushnell and Nikons. What do you guys suggest and what features does it need?
October 11th, 2008, 07:00 PM
October 11th, 2008, 07:27 PM
I'd buy the Nikon ProStaff 550.
I have the old Buckmaster 400 and it's never let me down.
October 11th, 2008, 07:36 PM
I would either go with the Nikon ProStaff 550 or the Nikon Archers Choice.
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October 11th, 2008, 09:23 PM
Nikon Pro Staff 550 , I have its counterpart Archers Choice and love it ...
Would have been just as happy with the 550 , can't see much advantage of
the angle mode in the Archers Choice , but I guess its there if I ever need it
The soft case for the Archers Choice is very though..
October 11th, 2008, 09:28 PM
I have the Nikon model and love it.Its always worked and has always gave accurate readings.
October 11th, 2008, 09:37 PM
I have the nikon 440. It really like it but I would get one with angle compensation if I had it to do over again. They didn't have it when I bought mine. Mainly for elk hunting those steep mountains can give you some very skewed readings on one without angle compensation.
October 11th, 2008, 09:40 PM
How much can you get a angle compensating one for? I thought they were quite a bit more than $200?
October 11th, 2008, 09:42 PM
Bushnell Trophy Yardage Pro. Runs right at $200 for the non camo-ed version. I've dropped mine from the stand twice now and generally have beat the snot out of it and it is still accurate to 1 yard. Have had mine for two bow seasons and use it all the time for long distance rifle shooting. Still on the original 9 volt battery. Good old fashioned analog technology, not that delicate digital nonsense with them short lived and expensive lithum camera or watch batteries. I would buy another today if mine failed for any reason. I've more than received my monies worth.
edit- No it does not compensate for the angle. That's not needed for the average eastern or midwestern deer/turkey/bear hunter. Also to demonstrate it's toughness, it rides out of it's case loose in the top of my pack with all my calls. All this rattling around has not fazed it at all.
Last edited by JNG; October 11th, 2008 at 09:45 PM.
October 11th, 2008, 10:18 PM
October 18th, 2008, 02:00 AM
Originally Posted by hunter_tlh
This is where I got mine , I have seen them cheaper..But I like
the customer service here..And free shipping.
October 18th, 2008, 02:25 AM
Nikon Prostaff 550. Did a lot of checking and some testing and nothing is more accurate and consistent than the Nikons. . . . better glass also.
October 18th, 2008, 06:28 AM
I have the Nikon 440 ( in Realtree camo, of course) and I love it.
October 18th, 2008, 06:41 AM
I have tested a lot of rangefinders. For the money, the Nikon 440 and standard Nikon 550 can't be beat for archery hunting. I currently have both, having bought the new standard Nikon 550 because I like the 440 so much. It doesn't have angle compensation, but after having used an Leupold RX-ii for a year, I just don't think it is necessary. The angles are largest at close distances, where I don't really need an RF. If I am ever worried about the angle, I just range a tree or something that is at my line of sight to get the horizontal distance. At this point, it is too close to say which is better between the 440 and the 550. You can't go wrong with either.
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October 18th, 2008, 07:46 AM
opps too late... they are out of stock
Originally Posted by Wishbone
I need to replace my old Bushnell Yardage Pro with something smaller. It's worked great for me... just too bulky
October 18th, 2008, 08:29 AM
Another vote for the Nikon 550 (I have the 440). Small, light, accurate, simple to use, and has a great price.
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October 18th, 2008, 08:44 AM
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